Hani's daughter leaves Agang for Cope

Vanessa Hani has cited personal reasons for the move.

Vanessa Hani has cited personal reasons for the move. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says the daughter of late South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani will have an integral role in its upcoming election campaign.

Cope announced yesterday that Vanessa Hani had joined the party from South Africa's newest political party Agang SA.

Hani cited personal reasons for her departure.

Cope national spokesman Johan Abrie says Hani's move represents a shift in thinking by South Africa's youth.

He says she will address various organisations on behalf of Cope.

"She is going to address a number of events. The first one will be next Tuesday night where she and president Mosouia Lekota will address 300 business people."

Earlier this month, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele's political relationship came to an abrupt end after the DA said Ramphele reneged on a deal to be the main opposition's presidential candidate for the upcoming elections.